Stanford holds on for Bell Micro title
Aesthetically pleasing it wasn’t, but Angela Stanford overcame a potentially tumultuous final round to emerge victorious at the inaugural Bell Micro Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Staked to a four-stroke lead entering play, Stanford saw it reduced to just one stroke before holing a 31⁄ -foot par putt to post a one-stroke triumph over Shanshan Feng of China despite recording a double-bogey and three bogeys Sunday.
After finishing one-over-par 73 Sunday, Stanford, 30, secured her first victory of the season by finishing at 11-under.
Feng carded a 68 Sunday to finish second at 10-under, while Kim Hall claimed third at eight-under. Karlsson heating up Robert Karlsson warmed up for next week’s Ryder Cup with his first victory in two years as he won the MercedesBenz Championship Sunday in Cologne, Germany.
European captain Nick Faldo had further reasons to celebrate with team members Miguel Angel Jimenez, Soren Hansen and Graeme McDowell third, eighth and 16th, respectively.
Karlsson carded a closing one-underpar 71 to finish at 13-under 275 overall.
The Swede won by two shots over Italy’s Francesco Molinari. Eaks repeats at Hickory Classic R.W. Eaks pulled away from the field Sunday en route to winning the Greater Hickory Classic for a second straight year in Conover, N.C.
Tied with Tom Jenkins atop the leaderboard at the start of the day, Eaks was the picture of consistency over his final 18 holes, shooting a oneunder-par 71 to finish at 16-under 200 overall.
He won by four shots over Jenkins and Tom Kite (67).